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The Man In The Mail
“The Man In The Mail is a beautiful production. The show is poignant and funny in all the right places. The incredibly clever set reveals its mysteries in surprising and delightful ways, that perfectly showcase Joshua’s breath-catching circus skills. The story is lovely and Joshua’s perfect diction makes him a delight to watch and listen to." - Marisa Cesario, Gasworks Arts Park
An adventure tale inspired by the outlandish stories of science fiction writer Jules Verne. The show combines storytelling and circus, drawing on stories from classic literature. These stories are the lesser known adventure novels of science fiction writer Jules Verne. The spectacle of circus acts compliment and integrate with the adventures of the central character Kinko Klork. Kinko is a circus performer who, at the dawn of the 20th Century, travels the world as freight for reasons that are explained in the show. I want to inspire audiences to delve into classic literature. The work is semi- autobiographical, dealing with the highs and lows of the central character as he describes his life on road. This is made more evocative through the use of the set: a huge wooden crate in which the character lives and travels. I want to show audiences that glorified lifestyles are often nothing what they appear to be and are in fact quite confining.
History & background
I have been self-producing circus productions for over 10 years. These productions vary in style which I feel is important to keep performances fresh and explore new ideas and concepts. Having come from a regional town in NSW I really appreciated seeing new and innovative work. Nowadays I'm on tour for more than half the year and Once again I appreciate getting to see new places all the time.
Marketing selling points
It's a narrative driven circus show The set is fully integrated into the show Nostalgic story-telling of a bygone era Steeped in literary history, reimagined for modern audiences Directly based on various novels of Jules Verne The show is not offensive to anyone
Key audience and marketing notes
Families with kids aged 10 and up. For high school kids it's a show that would be a great stepping stone to encourage them to explore other dramatic works Late 30's to early 60's couples and singles. People who would normally patronise local theatres.
Community Engagement activities
Yes i can offer circus workshops for various ages including team building and co-ordination. I particularly enjoy teaching juggling to adults.
What is this?
|Theatre formats||designed for a black box, will adapt to pros. arch and other flat floor venues|
|Bump in (hours)||3|
|Bump out (hours)||1|
Narrowed in general wash with changeable backwash colours Several lights focused higher as the circus acts reach up to 4 metres high Several specifically focused profile spots
Music cues played on cue lab on a mac provided
Set is designed to look like a wooden box 1.4m cubed. It sits centre stage in a diamond formation. The box opens out to form a footprint approx 4m wide x 3m deep. The box assembles and disassembles on stage pre and post show, takes approx 15 mins In the box are various circus props including 4 chairs. No fly system required. No technical warnings. No pit or piano required. Theatrical haze used.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 5||Height: 4|
|Depth: 4||Wing space: 1|
8 cubic metre van The set and props cannot travel by plane